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, there will be less of a demand for the labor coming into the united states. >> we have time for one more quick question. the gentleman in the back? >> this is for the author of the study. i am a little bit perplexed about how to describe the late 1980's, when this was implemented, as weaker labor demand. unemployment was at a high level in 1982 at 10%. the average was 7.5% in 1982 and continued to go down into 1991. the immediate implementation was a time of strong labor market growth. >> like to put up the graft, but from 1988 until 1991, is when we do see unemployment rates growing from about 5.8%. . unemployment rate going up from about 5.8% to about 7.8%. so it was exactly during that period of time with growing unemployment that occurred, that's basically what doomed the second term for george bush, exactly during this period of time when the legalization took place. so i think that it's -- we had a weakening labor market. we had a growing unemployment rate exactly during the moment when we saw not only legalization take place but these wage increases taking place and this movement -- thi
to strike the united states and were recruiting operatives to do so. the intelligence community did not aggressively follow up and prioritize streams of information related to a possible attack against the homeland. second, this contributed to a larger failure analysis, a failure to connect the dots of intelligence that existed across our intelligence community and which together could have revealed that abdul mutallab was planning an attack. third, this in turn fed into shortcomings in the watch listing system which resulted in this person not being placed on the no-fly list, thereby, allowing him to board that plane in amsterdam for detroit. in summary, the u.s. government had the information scattered throughout the system to potentially on the cover this plot and disrupt the attack rather than of failure to collect or share intelligence, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had. and that is why we took swift action in the days following christmas, including updating the terrorist watch list system and adding more individuals to the no-fly
heading to the united states, something our audience already was well familiar with. >> regarding the report specifically on the christmas incident, we were told by general jones that it would contain shocking information. as it turns out, i couldn't find anything new in there. what do we though about how much of it is still classified? >> reporter: we don't know how much remains classified. we may never know that. what we do know is this process today was delayed twice. the president was originally supposed to talk to us at 1:00 a.m., then 3 p.m ultimately it was 4:30 p.m why? because of a rather intensive debate about what to keep classified and what to declassify. what we do learn is that there was a fundamental break down in this new system of applied and created after 9-11. the c.i.a. and the national counterterrorism center are supposed to deal with each other and deal with each other rapidly and cooperatively. that didn't happen. let me read one key part of the report that talks about this break down. quote, the intentional redundancy in the system should have added an addi
the politics of this in the united states are going to force this administration to draw down substantially before 2012. one thing i think is certain, we certainly will not have achieved lasting security change, if that's the case. what i do think is this, i think that by mid 2011, we will have a pretty good idea whether or not this strategy, the mcchrystal strategy, the obama strategy, has a chance of succeeding. if by the middle of 2011, which will be 12 months after we've gotten all of the forces or at least most of the forces in the theater, we've ramped up civilian advisers to around 1,000 or so at beginning of 2009 we've begun working regional diplomacy. if by mid 2011 we don't see any sign of change, then we've learned something. the patient was dead. president obama inherited a dead patient on the table. and we cannot rebuild the avenue -- afghan state. if that's the case, we're in a difficult situation. there's no simple, let's say let's all come home. pretend it's not a problem. more will probably not be the answer. staying on indefinitely will not be the answer. and quitting will
's name was the reason no one realized he had a visa to enter the united states which should have set alarm bells ringing. according to this official, one letter was dropped from mr. abdulmutallab's name when an employee cross-checked his name against a government database. this happened back on november 20th. had mr. abdulmutallab's name been entered correctly, officials apparently would have seen that he was classified as a possible terrorist and then the fact that he also had a visa to enter the united states would have kicked him over into what they call a 3-b classification. a 3-b classification would have kept him from boarding the plane. one letter in his name. the fact that the failures in this case have been narrowed down to that level of detail gives you some idea of how intense the security reviews have been over the last few days. in his remarks today, president obama also vowed to redouble u.s. efforts to defeat al qaeda. >> here at home we will strengthen our defenses, but we will not succumb to a siege mentality that sacrifices the open society and liberties and values
relations with the united states in 1995. hen knoy's overwhelming goal was to win favorable trade deals with the united states and admission to globaled bodies like the world trade organization, bringing up unpleasant subjects like agent orange, worked against that strategy. but having detained these schools, hanoi has begun to press its demands and is demanding compensation for the suffering of its people and that has put the united states in a tough spot. not wanting to set a precedent but on the other hand recognizing vietnam is an increasingly vital military security allies and trading partner. it also raises a larger issue of what responsibility to the u.s. military has to clean up the environmental messes after the war a run. meanwhile another hidden problem with agent orange is impacting our veterans. with each passing year medical researchers are discovering many illnesses many of them major chronic diseases like parkinson's for which exposure to the agent orange turns out to be a risk factor. hundreds of thousands have been denied va care for years and is said they avoided for
to be a sustained policy after the first action, does the united states then support future actions or does it say never again, that this cannot occur again? all the while dealing with the aftermath of then is really strike and the implications that entail. finally, if this does not come to pass, and iran, diplomacy does not work in israel does not strike then we are going to be focusing a large part of the coming year and afterwards on confidence-building and reassurance among our allies as we try to build a containment regime to deal with nuclear iran. i would raise the question one of the main challenges we will face in confidence building is how to convince the allies that a country that was unable to prevent iran from achieving the outcome we defined as unacceptable, that is acquiring nuclear weapons, will also be able to have the willpower and resolve to deter nuclear iran and we will face challenges in our theater engagement strategy and trying to build a containment architecture to do with nuclear iran if that comes to pass. just a couple of quick comments about the whole issue of strategi
. the murder rate in the united states in 1991 was -- there were 24,000 murders. the population is roughly two of its 60 million. last year in afghanistan, 2000 afghans died in the violence but the population of afghanistan was roughly 30 million. do the math. . . why did the afghans -- what is your view of the future? when americans ask this question, i am surprised only 17% said that. if u.s. afghans the same question, 40% had the view. but as a surprising answer, given that we're the most corrupt country in the world, but the reason afghans have this answer is because this looks like what we have lived through. each one of these would be devastating to a country, so even though we know all the problems, what is going on is better than the last -- then the past. almost none of the refugees have returned. refugees did not return to a place they do not think they have a future, and afghans do not think they have a future. many people, including girls, when asked if they have more freedom, 75% said yes. let's say we solve afghanistan given what i have said, there is still a problem with pakista
more about europe economic difficulti and what they mean for the united states. for that we're joid by one of our regulars. he is from bloomberg busines being. thank you for cing on the program. howould youompare the state of economi recovery in europe veus the utah? > it is not gat for noun. no oneoute now on eitheruds of the pond are in a position to brag. senioriti it is a common language in europe, even with the euro zone yohave a situation marked by e haves and t haves much, much, much, much, hess. it isar more polarized than would you see in michigan. >> breakt town for us more close. how are theountries in eure that matter the most, germany, france, italy and spain, how are they oing? >> we have seen older urm, as some put it, germany, france, somether maurz inestern europe, hold their own. the economies weren't growi that rap you hly that far to beginwith. with the exception of britain, of course. on the flip de of that you have the jump stts. the resurgerients such as spain and lata that reay felt their ecomic growth. and theyaw this newaradigm thinking and they went o and
, the united states and mexico into a trade zone. initially it did seem that some manufacturing was going to mexico, but a lot of those jobs in mexico actually ended up going to china and other parts of asia. i don't know. i guess it's argue ble -- argue -- arguable, those would have an impact on manufacturing in any case. and certainly technological change as factories become more automated they just use less workers. there are all sorts of arguments in that. host: minnesota, lynne democrat. caller: my name is duane. host: are you from minnesota? caller: yes. how comes the government don't want people in poverty to get out of poverty? host: what does that mean, dwayne? caller: i'm a disabled veteran and live with my mother or my mother lives with me. if i make any money over -- basically if i make any money they're going to cut my veteran pension completely. ok. i'm also on social security. ok. if i make over $800 a month they're going to cut my social security. so you can't make any money at all if you're sitting in a place like i am and me
on christmas day. we have 40 machines throughout the united states and in 2010 we will deploy 300 more of them. we may deploy more than that. >> enhanced security is one part of the answer but changes will have to be made with how the u.s. handles their intelligence. >> americans have grown used to the idea that the battle against al qaeda and the associates are taking place overseas. but what happened in this aiort was a reminder that as far as the enemy is concerned, america is also the frontline. this has raised difficult questions about how to battle this threat. >> the security agencies have now completed a review into what went wrong. > at this stage in the process it appears that this was not the fault of a single individual or organization, but a systemic failure across the different organizations and agencies. >> he was on the watch list and even his father had warned the officials that the sun was becoming more radical. today he will be driven through this note to this court room. some of those who were on the flight will also be there, to look at the man accused of trying to bring d
room of the white house. the president of the united states is going to be coming out in the next couple of minute, and he is going to be giving a very important statement. if you are the president of the united states, and over the last week and a half, you have been hammered by the press over the way members of your administration have handled the incident in detroit on christmas day. what do you do? what to you do? think about this. you change the subject. that is what you do. you make sure that people start to talk now about jobs, and about your effort to try to improve the economy for all americans. that is what we expect that the ptd of the united states is going to attempt to do today. looking at the monitor, i see the president still has not come out, so we will go to the white house with ed henry who is our white house correspondent, and he is following things for us. so what do we expect the president to talk about, ed? >> well, rick, he is going to be talking about spending more of the stimulus money on what he likes to call clean energy jobs to turn around what is an a
an executive order granting interpol and certain rights and immunities here in the united states. some are wondering if that has caused an opening for interpol to have extraordinary police powers in the united states. a requested it? -- who requested it? >> the executive order updated interpol's status based on the fact that within the fast five years -- past five years they have opened an office to assist in the type of information sharing between governments that we all know that is so important. all that does is simply bring them and given the same privileges and responsibilities that many other international organizations have in this country like the iea, imf, the red cross. >> it does not give them police powers? >> absolutely not. >> can you tell me whether any questions that took place here at the white house questions whether or not he would be tried as an enemy combatant? >> whether the conversations took place here at the white house? >> whether the 23-year-old should be tried as an enemy combatant. >> i would say a lot of subjects were covered in the situation room in terms
in the united states saying he's not guilty. this hour the dramatic scene inside the courtroom as he entered his plea and what comes next. >>> some muslim women say they're being stopped, searchened and even beating an airports sincely because they're wearing head scarves. is it part of the government's official policy? what's going on? >>> the republican national commit aye chairman under fire by members of his own party. they say michael steele needs to muzzle himself. >>> i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> his mug shot has been plastered all over the air waves and internet for weeks. today reporters got a better look at umar farouk abdulmutallab, the man charged with transcribing to blow up a u.s. airliner on christmas. our deborah feyerick was inside the courtroom when he entered the plea. she's joining us live from droimt. describe, deb, what happened. >> reporter: wolf, abdulmutallab walked in very, remember he's suffering lap burns have been detonated the bomb that was hidden in his underwear. he was wearing a white t-shirt and khaki pants, sneakers, his feet were shack
, this is a large community, one of the biggest concentrations of arab americans in the united states here in the detroit area. muslim americans out to say, essentially these acts of what abdulmutallab is accused of doing should not be done in the name of islam. said not in our name. said they were americans if abdulmutallab or people like him wanted to come and kill americans, they should kill them first. >> nbc's john yang. john, thank you very much. if anybody thought you saw a misspelling in the sign. you're right. it does say nigerians support persecution of terrorists, they meant to say prosecution. john, as always, we appreciate it. >> president obama ordered intelligence agencies to take a series of steps designed to streamline sharing of information and avoid the mistakes that led to the christmas day bombing attempt while admitting there is no foolproof way to keep america totally safe. the president said agency reports showed a lack of coordination as well as a failure to connect the dots despite having information needed to stop that plot saying he's not interested in the blame
been slow and there has at times been considerable tension between the united states and israel. still a year later, mitchell said last night there had been movement toward a resumption of talks. >> there is, i believe, a strong feeling that the time has come for negotiations to begin. we're getting a lot of encouragement in that regard. >> mitchell says he will be going back to the region in the next few days. and secretary of state hillary clinton is to meet tomorrow with officials from jordan and egypt. if you listen to the israeli and palestinian leadership, the time is right to start talking again. both palestinian president mahmoud abbas and benjamin netanyahu met recently with the egyptian vice president hosni mubarak and both sounded optimistic afterwards. >> i just came from egypt, and i am encouraged by president mubarak for peace talks. i expect and hope to see such a readiness from the palestinian authority. it is time to move the pce process forward. >> we have no objection to negotiations or meetings in principle, and we are not setting any conditions. this issue must be
in the united states, and i am the only comedian ever to have attacked the apollo audience. tavis: i want to hear this story. >> there was a young white wrapper on -- white rapper on, and the audience was heating up. i said you guys are so easy. you are impressed by it. i am offended by it. i said, what you do when you go to the zoo and you go to the monkey cage? he did not go to the monkey cage and say hello, my monkey, my name is paul. you got to the cage and make noises. you go to the monkey's level. that is how i look at that. if it offends me. tavis: and the apollo did what? >> they got quiet. it was the truth. i do not have to defend the truth. the truth defends itself. tavis: if you in your own mind are being truthful and you are killing it in your own mind and the audience is a quiet, is that success? the point is to make us laugh. >> the point is to make us laugh, but audiences like a monster. i remember when i used to try to please the audience and kiss their but, do any thing to make them happy, anything to get a laugh, i learned in beverly hills. i just said, you know what, i
established terror ties and cannot fly into the united states. since the detroit attack, the white house has ordered a review. sources say the national counterterrorism center has now sent hundreds of new names to the f.b.i. and the f.b.i. has upgraded hundreds of names from the master watch list to the selectee category. but for intelligence officials, it's a daunting challenge, trying to identify the true terrorists among a mass of suspects. >> there isn't a magic formula or a magic google program that will spew out a defined list of bad people. there has to be a human component here, and there's judgment at play and that judgment can be faulty. and we saw that in this recent case of abdulmutallab. >> reporter: now, officials say no watch list is perfect, but as a first line of defense, it has to be better than it was on christmas day. katie? >> couric: bob orr in washington. thanks, bob. turning to the economy now, the experts had been hoping, even expecting, that the latest jobs report today would show at least some improvement. but it didn't. the labor department said the unemployment r
really meant. but again it's this question of how do we handle people who try to attack the united states. it does sound more like what we think of as war. and that's their concern. there was this extraordinary scene at the arraignment today. it looked almost like a war zone, if you will. there was a security perimeter. there was a watch tower. so it's not how our criminal justice system is really equipped to work. can we do it sometimes? yeah. but if this becomes a routine thing, it's really going to stretch our justice systis tis. >> michael, follow up on your answer to alex using the phrase the war on terror. i'm not sure how i follow if that makes us any difference. how does it make us any safer if the president uses war on terror or war on al qaeda or war on hamas? >> as i said, i actually criticized both presidents. i think president bush called everything the war on terror, including the war in iraq, which dominated his whole administration. and in my view, that war had nothing to do with the war on terrorism. on the other hand, i think to put your head in the hand and not call maj
to speculate. >> if there are no guarantees that they'll be treated up to the standards that the united states believes -- >> i don't want to get into a public back and forth on something. we're just not going to discuss it. >> mr. brennan himself said they were in the custody of the yemeni government. is that still true, robert? >> i told christy the other day, i'm not going to get into that here. >> robert gibbs, briefing from the white house. he said, of course, the disappointing job numbers are something to take into account and said that the president will simply have his statement, no questions to be taken, when he talks about the economy in the next hour. right now on "andrea mitchell reports," president obama tries to pivot to the economy in the wake of another negative monthly jobs report. >>> labor secretary coming up this hour. >>> all eyes on the first public appearance of christmas day terror suspect, umar farouk abdulmutallab is in a courthouse, awaiting arraignment. we'll have a live report. >>> what is the political fallout from the president's administration's report on the in
it in the united states of america. that would be a start. >> greta: well, any way, governor thank you. make sure you watch governor huckabee saturday night here on fox new. >> if he wants to do security maybe he should get a job doing ski patrol in aspen. that's a 24/7 job especially when it happens like it did. the day after the failed attack on northwest flight 253 the director of er terrorism decided to go on a a ski vacation. it is so over-the-top. joining us tucker carlson. even i came in to do a live news show. >> an example of bad judgment. a good guy -- >> greta: this isn't about being a nice guy it is about doing a job. >> this is why you have the job in the first place what is so striking to membership the white house is striking this sort of george bush 2002 tone, no one is gonna get fired for this, right. we are all at fault so none of us are really at fault. they are attacking anybody, in classic campaign mode, anybody who would question this. the white house comes out today and says look how dare you question the fact this man went skiing a day after the terror attack. his son turn
day for vice president of the united states. joe biden lost his mother today. she was 92. today, a king would have been 75. fans of elvis presley, the king, gathering at graceland today and around the world to celebrate the late singer's birthday. presley died in 1977 at the young age of 42. the glenn beck program returns in a moment but first bret baier has a preview of what is on "special report." >> hey, uma. coming up, the administration still tries to explain why it did not know al-qaeda in yemen was a real and serious threat. job numbers and how both sides of the aisle are reading them. join me at the top of the hour for "special report." >> oh, what a week we have all just endured. while the democrats were rewriting the federal take-over of healthcare behind closed doors, the public face of the federal government was fixated on denying and then explaining all the gaps in its intelligence gathering. the obama administration has been finger pointing over who in the government let a murderous thug on a plane in amsterdam that he tried to explode over detroit. first, the gove
business. it's in excusable when national security is involved. that the president of the united states should tell the cia to issue guidance of the timely distribution of intelligence reports is unsettling to put it mindly. it's mind-boggling the president felt the need to instruct the director of national intelligence to take further steps to raise the standard of trade craft analysis especially analysis designed to uncover terrorists plots either this is boilerplate or the country is in a world of trouble. that's "washington post" this morning. here's the "wall street journal". failure to connect the dots. the antiterror education of president obama continued yesterday with the white house report blameing the white house report counter terrorism community as a whole from a failure to connect the dots of intelligence that would have prevented uma farouk abdulmutallab from boarding a plane on christmas day. mr. obama blamed no one in particular for the failure and not even george bush. in one sense this is a refreshing sense the president said the bucharest stops with him. what's your
and certainly from the united states' perspective, get at those safe havens, where al qaeda leadership still lives and plans and is -- leads al qaeda and certainly is very much tied to threatening us and there's no better indication of that than what happened here in detroit on the 25th of december. so an awful lot of effort there, the president's decision to add the 30,000 troops to increase and accelerate the civilian surge into afghanistan, to focus on the development, to focus on governance from the districts up through national level, to really focus on corruption as well, and i believe we've got the right leadership there and now from certainly our main goal in afghanistan and pakistan, over the next couple of years is to execute that strategy. don't leave the broader middle east and south asia without talking about iran. usually when i talk about the broader middle east, i may academically get this wrong, but it's sort of tehran to beirut and everything in between and, you know, the continuing concern with iran and its development, its -- i believe its strategic intent to have nuclear
be president of the united states. -- i saidou'll be esident of the united ates. he said i hope yoare right. he was. obama has the same energy the same charis, the same thing that kennedy has, th "it" factor. i lo him. he signed that bill, that thing about raci crime he crimes. i pe that it goes through. i said iope the is not beg psychic. tavis: there is onlone paul mooney. the w book, again, "black is the new white." that is our show for tonight. a cat me on the weekend on blic radiointernational. access to ready a podcast on our website, pbs.or i will see you next time. we leave you wi a classic sketch that paul mooney wrote fo"saturday night live." go night fro l.a. andkeep the faith. >>
on against the united states. she also says her husband was outraged over treatment of iraqis at the abu grab prison, and it was his hatred for america that led him to his actions on that day. their action bodies were flown home mistake. and told the officers leave behind eight children. in the middle box st. louis police identified the man suspected of going on a shooting rampage yesterday. the man killing three co-workers before turning the gun on himself. police still working to figure out the motive. in the bottom box, how low can you go? it is cold all over the country, but bismarck, north dakota last night, 32 below. not the wind chill, that was the straight-up temperature. the wind chill, 50 below. the good news, forecasters say, parts of the dakotas will start to warm up a bit maybe into the 30's. martha: well, police in hawthorne, california are on the hunt now for three brazen robbers who iht up an insurance business just steps away for from police headquarters. the folks in the building. the robbers bursting in, guns drawn. they tell the victims to hit the deck, and they steal from
that al qaeda in yemen was actively recruiting people to attack the united states but those agencies failed to follow through. >> rather than a failure to collect or share gel skwrepbs, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had. >> reporter: the review ordered by the president finds that the u.s. government had sufficient information prior to attempted december 25 attack to have potentially disrupted the al qaeda plot. but when the president met in the oval office to review terrorist threats just three days before the attack, umar farouk abdulmutallab was not even on the list, despite a series of red flags. >> what's new here and what's important and dramatic is the fact that you have an al qaeda affiliate trying to hit the homeland directly. >> reporter: numerous officials, including the president's top homeland security advisors say they share in the blame. >> i told president today i let him down. >> reporter: the head of the national counterterrorism center left for a ski vacation shortly after the attack, meeting with the white house by se
, is not an aspirational terrorist cell but operational one that is a real and lethal threat to the united states. the president described the suspect in the case umar farouk abdulmutallab as a knowner theer r e er t known terrorist. one who never should have been aboard an airliner to the united states. the failure to protect was a problem and the aviation security measures he's strengthening wouldn't had been necessary if the intelligence communitied a done its job and in one respect he addressed how the intelligence community let him and the nation down. take a quick listen. >> we knew they sought to strike the united states and they were recruiting operatives to do so. the intelligence community did not aggressively follow up on and prioritize particular streams of intelligence related to a possible attack against the homeland. >> reporter: in that regard, the central intelligence agency just released a statement saying that the director of the c.i.a. leon panetta ordered that information gathered be disseminated more rapidly within 48 hours on extremist or suspected terrorist and the c.i.a.
they can travel and whether they can get into the united states? that seems kind of obvious to me. number two, i was surprised that there is no single database that tracks all specific high level threats against the united states. so on those levels it seems there was some shocking information today and, of course, brennan saying he didn't or the whole system, whole intelligence network didn't understand how sophisticated al-qaeda and the arabian peninsula was, a little bit of a shock. i can understand, it's a small group of people, about 100, 200 people and in a very poor country, the poorest country in the middle east and the thought was just not that sophisticated. again, a real wake-up call. but to me, the big surprise is some of the things that we had assumed were being done by our government had not been done. >> nina, when you have lee hamilton, a prominent democrat who is co-chair of the 9-11 commission saying, hey, listen, we knew al-qaeda in yemen was a problem a long time ago. fairly damning. >> i think it is. when john brennan today, he said we thought the threat was aspiratio
, of sirius xm radio. politics of the united states for people of the united states. extraordinary interesting political program. three hours a day. i am happy to say that until this point in time i have been included on fridays. one of my journalistic heroes, j.j. green, who is the national security correspondent of all news radio here in washington, wtop. i want to tell you you do a superb job. >> thank you, and so do you. >> you are very nice. but this is not about that. but you have been to afghanistan and i thought your coverage was extraordinary. i really mean that. back by popular demand, margaret ryan of clean skies news, an internet broadcast with some television outlets. it covers energy and environment. sometimes i think the energy policy is what is left over when you have done environment policy and other times it is just the reverse. welcome to the broadcast. linda gasparello, it has been a tumultuous time for the president. how do you think he is doing, the fuss over the security of aircraft? >> taking it all upon his shoulders, taking the blame, trying not to fire people, trying
they were talking about sending mr. abdulmutallab to the united states. >> reporter: the report concludes it was not information sharing among agencies, but more systemic. a failure of analysis, connecting the dots, and now in hindsight, a failure to follow up on the lead that al qaeda in yemen wanted to strike the u.s. on the homeland. >> we must follow the leads that we get, and we must pursue them until plots are disrupted. that means assigning clear lines of responsibility. >> reporter: the president issued 16 new reforms he wants implemented at key agencies including state, review how u.s. visas are issued and revoked. homeland security. pursue new technologies and procedures for screening airline passengers. cia. strengthen procedures on terrorist watch lists in review and distribution. fbi, conduct a full review of the terrorist-screening data base. a senior state department official tells nbc news a simple misspelling of abdulmutallab's name is why no one knew he had a valid visa. >> the president is investing a billion more dollars in aviation security around the world. he said w
to form a mutual path to eliminate the terrorists and certainly from the united states perspective, get at those safe a enz, where al-qaida leadership lives and plans and is -- leads al-qaida and certainly is very much tied to threatening us and there is no better indication of that than what happened here in detroit on the 25th of december. so, an awful lot of effort there. the president's decision to add the 30,000 troops to increase and accelerate the civilian surge into afghanistan, to focus on the development and to focus on governance from the district up to the national level to really focus on corruption as well and i believe that we have the right leadership there, and so now, from certainly, our main goal in afghanistan and pakistan over the next couple of years is to execute the strategy. don't leave the broader middle east and south asia without talking about iran, usually when i talk about the broader middle east, and@@@b terrorist groups that they are -- they are supporting. so, and certainly, i like, i am sure like everybody in this room, and anybody listening have watche
is the top notch security priority for the united states government in afghanistan. i am looking for to travel to afghanistan to visit with officials from the afghan government. 80 percent of afghans earn their income from agriculture. 35 percent of the afghan gdp comes of agriculture. 50% -- >> we will right now lead the state department briefing to go live to the heritage foundation. we have fixed the problem, and we will bring you this discussion on the 2010 midterm election. republican pollster kellyanne conway is the guest speaker. this is live coverage on c-span2. >> good afternoon and thank you all for venturing out on such a cold january day here in washington, d.c.. although it's a lot colder other places around the country. and around the world. welcome to all of you here in the nation's capital here at the heritage foundation with us, and to all of those watching on c-span. all around the country and the world. this is the january conservative women's network, and i'm michelle easton, president. special thank you to heritage foundation, brigitte wagner who is such a wo
right now, the united states, the nation that pioneered the use of clean energy, is being outpaced by nations around the world. it's china that has launched the largest effort in history to make their economy energy efficient. we spearheaded the development of solar technology, but we fallen behind countries, like germany and japan, in producing it. and in almost all of the batteries that we used to power our hybrid cars are manufactured in asia. though the steps like the one that we're taking today are beginning to produce more of these batteries here at home. now, i welcome and am pleased to see a real competition emerging around the world to develop these kinds of clean energy technologies. competition is what fuels innovation but i don't want america to lose that competition. i don't want the industry's that yield the jobs tomorrow that are built overseas. i don't want the technology that will transform the way we use energy to be invented abroad. i want the united states of america to be what it has always been, and that is a leader, the leader when it comes to a clean energy
. the company reports it's making the move to streamline its small package division here in the united states. the economy's obviously a huge story and over at you can have your say the way things are going. the big question is president obama's $800 billion job stimulus working. check on that side of things. we'll check on the results later in this hour. the feds say he tried to kill nearly 300 passengers when he reportedly tried to blow up a detroit-bound plane on christmas day. but today the nigerian born so-called underwear bomber pleaded not guilty. six counts, attempting to use weapons of mass destruction. he tried to detonate an explosive device shortly before the plane landed. the white house stepping up airline security. he pleaded not guilty, but it's gonna be a long way here without bond, right? >> yes. currently he's cooperating with being held without bond. originally you'll remember that today was supposed to be a bond hearing. then the indictment came down yesterday, superseded all of that. but today what his defense attorney said is that they were going to conc
knew they sought to strike the united states and they were recruiting operatives to do so, the intelligence community did not aggressively follow up on and prioritize particular streams of intelligence related to a possible attack against the homeland. >> so the message there is al-qaeda in the ribban peninsula is up and running and a threat to the homeland so you can expect a lot of focus on that. bill: the president says we're going to avoid the blame game, not going to finger point at any of time. it sounds like the senior aides have taken that quite seriously, mike. >> you're right, after that, john brennan, janet napolitano did a briefing in the briefing room and john brennan offered this emotional reaction to his role in all of this. >> i told the president today, i let him down. i am the president's assistant, the homeland security and terrorism assistant, and i told him that i will do better, and we will do better as a team. >> so there's a key adviser, taking responsibility for his role in all of this, and promising that they will do better, bill. bill: mike emanu
people. i don't like that. but i want the president of the united states to stop the nonsense and it is nonsense if indeed we are in a war, as he just said, that you haul a guy off who just tried to blow a civilian airliner out of the sky and put him in jail in detroit. you hand him over to the military who does what it has to do to find out who the hell he is, how he got there, who helped him out and where they live. you know it and i know it and everybody watching this knows it, determine. but when is barak obama going to get it? >> probably when it's too late for many americans and other victims. you know, if you really look at what brennan and napolitano had to say at the three-page memo the president signed, the concrete recommendations are pretty basic. they're to buy more stuff. upgrade i.t. systems, buy more scanners. again, i go back to the fact, we don't need more stuff. we need better ideas and we need determination, determination to win. i have to disagree with you on one other thing. i do want heads to roll. but not some poor guy from the state department. but a l
. >>> continuing our first week of our nightly pair of quick comments, the president of the united states will have a far easier time correcting the flaws in our counterterrorism efforts than he will have correcting the flaws in the souls of the american politicians who continue to exploit those flaws for their own insidious reasons. now newt gingrich has not only applauded michigan congressman pete hoekstra's hysterical, holier than thou's partisan response to the failed plot at detroit but has actually said that the congressman, quote, has gotten such a boost out of having been intelligence committee chairman now with the attempted attack on detroit. a cross agency intel system for which then chairman hoekstra had congressional oversight failed so he gets a boost out of it the way john mccain's top adviser said another terrorist attack here would be a big advantage to him? and for whom is a terrorist attempt a boost exactly? or an advantage? when will this become evident to all of you seedy politicians yearning for office even if it means you get it over the frightened bodies of american citizens
initially for passengers headed to the united states, other european countries have also installed these machines, however, not everybody is happy about the use of these greg halcot will bring us town speed and what the reaction is. >> we've been doing our survey around the european cont tent and found pretty fast response for a region not always on its feet. let's start with am der stam's airport, under which abdulmutallab transited on his way to detroit on christmas day. they have had 15 full body scanners in place, but they tell us that they're on a trial basis, it's voluntary, they're only for european flights, not for transit passengers, so, in fact, abdulmutallab did not use one of those devices. but they tell us that within two weeks, they will be used for all passengers heading to the united states from amsterdam, 60 more are on order. in the u.k., british authorities tell us london's heathrow, which receives a large amount of u.s.-bound flights will have full-body scanners. for those passengers, french officials say there will be one scanner in place at charles de gaulle a
that are still plotting against the united states. and now you're starting to see it move. i think that's the big story now. it's moving toward the horn of africa and toward -- >> okay, gentlemen. we don't have enough time. thank you. mr. tom ridge. thanks for your service, both of you. >>> a new book out about the 2008 presidential campaign and i love it. it's a classic. it's full of new information like how badly sarah palin's debate prep was going. steve schmidt says he was warned it would be a debacle of epic proportions. how that's for good language? hillary clinton also warned barack obama about dealing with her husband if he made her secretary of state. talk about being sacrificial. it's all in the new book. we'll have a lot of that coming up on "hardball" tonight. hey, who's this? oh, that's kyle. he aced his fifth grade geography class. you see, now that we're using fedex to ship globally, i have to learn all the countries again, so i brought in kyle as a consultant. did you know that we have customers in czechoslovakia? actually, it's called the czech republic. yes, kyle, you're a lifes
the president of the united states after looking at that review, and he said we are at war. >> we are at war. we are at war against al qaeda, a far-reaching network of violence and hatred and attacked us on 9/11, that killed nearly 3,000 innocent people, and who is plot to go strike us again and we will do whatever it takes to defeat them. >> a lot like president. >> he was very presidential there. he sounded like george bush because he talk on the war, not on terror, but we are on war. he was in front of the lincoln fireplace, and he also sounded like harry truman where he said the buck stops with me. what i think is interesting, though, one of the things that he said was he said, quote, he issued a directive, "i'm directing our intel community immediately to assign all leads on high provide orty threats so the leads or pursued and act the upon aggressively. not just most of the time, but all of the time." >> wait a minute, weren't we already doing that? apparently not. >> no kidding. there's no many experts and pundits now that were criticizing that exact part of the preach because who would h
powerful groups in the united states. it is hard to imagine they will go away, and they serve a useful function in the group market. i would hope one of the things the exchanges can do would be to figure out exactly brokers are contributing in terms of value added, and make sure they are compensated. i don't see any need for 10% origination fees. it is like if you could buy through web-based travel platforms and still had to pay a travel agent -- you have heard me. >> we have time for questions from folks standing at the microphone. first in the back of the room. >> thank you to the panelists and the commonwealth fund for putting this together. my question is about the state exchanges. in terms of going to scale, this health care reform is proposing to put 30 million people into an exchange and that is a large scale. in terms of having it happen on day one, i wanted to ask you what have been the obstacles for more states taking on a running an exchange that would move us towards that scale, and looking at what those obstacles are, if you could look through the senate bill which puts it
to the united states or may want some money this is one of the top bankers in the entire country. he didn't want anything but to help protect america. >> by the way, this statement by brennaman is the very way this president leads. a number of times he has taken responsibility, said he is sorry, and moved on. and we've been often jarred by that. >> ironically, he will actually gain more political stature doing that, than by blaming george w. bush. it doesn't make a lot of sense, but at this point, when the white house blames george w. bush for anything, even if they have a good argument it makes them look small when they say, hey, the buck stops with me. doesn't it make the president seem more confident. it makes him seem like more of a leader. >> two quick things about that, joe. one a lot of people are sick about all of the references to the bush administration. it's over. it was a year ago. move on. that's in the rear view mirror. i was reminded about my conversation with a top-ranking national security official and it gets to the volume of threats. >> oh, yeah. >> i mean, just the sheer volu
it. we have a lot more tonight on the security situation in the united states. we're going to look at what happened at newark airport in a little bit. >>> right now, let's talk strategy with senior political analyst david gergen, national security analyst and former bush homeland security adviser frances townsend. paula newton, on the ground in yemen reporting from where this plot was apparently hatched. the president took personal responsibility for the failure. said it is not a time for partisanship, but it's a time for citizenship. the gop is coming out against this. >> that lasted about five minutes, didn't it? the one thing he did do was something that a man on this program a couple nights ago said he had to do, take personal responsible for this. just as john f. kennedy did after the bay after pigs and ronald reagan did when the marines were blown up in the 1980s. that was a step forward. to believe that this is going to end the partisanship over this issue i think doesn't recognize the current political realities. republicans believe deep in their bones this would not have h
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